Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Flowers

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The following is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve had posed to me by “brides to be” about their wedding flowers. This list is not extensive by any means. If you have a question about wedding flowers not covered here, please…

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1) Florists can only handle a certain set amount of weddings per day, so book your florist well in advance to avoid disappointment. Four to six months is acceptable. But if you’re planning to get married at a peak time of the year (such as a holiday or during the peak wedding season), six months is the absolute minimum.

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2) Florists are well known for stretching a budget to help out brides. What I recommend is to be realistic, and don’t expect to have orchids flown in from South America, when your budget can only handle locally grown daisies. Keep an open mind and shop around to get different quotes. Remember, a talented florist can make even the simplest and least expensive flowers look magnificent. A huge budget does not necessary mean great wedding flowers, and small budget does not necessarily mean bad ones.

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3) Bring along the following...

  • Picture or description of your dress.
  • Picture or description of all other wedding party attire.
  • A list of all people who will require a corsage or boutonniere.
  • Any pictures of flower arrangements that catch your eye.
  • The complete budget for your flowers and decorating.
  • All information for your ceremony and reception.

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4) Florists tend to have their own language when it comes down to describing the different styles of bouquets. It is a language that I’ve always thought was easy to understand.

There are several different types of bouquets that a bride can carry. Here are the top 5 popular choices…

Presentation Bouquet: This bouquet is what I call the “Miss America” bouquet. You cradle the flowers your right arm holding onto the natural stems of the flowers at the point where they are tied. This is a bouquet that some brides thought they wanted, but in the end after trying a sample found it to be uncomfortable to carry.

Nosegay Bouquets: This bouquet is a tightly arranged circular floral design. It is designed in a bouquet holder with floral foam, and any flower can be used in this design, although roses are the most traditional as well as arrangements that include roses. Whether you design this arrangement with one kind of flower or several varieties it is a very easy style to create.

Cascade Bouquets: This bouquet is arranged in a bouquet holder. (Usually a version that tips towards the front) The design flows from the holder going from the top rounding towards the middle (the fullest point) then trailing down less and less to the point. There are variations of this design -- such as a crescent shape, which is one of my favorites.

Contemporary Bouquets: This bouquet contains a very minimal amount of flowers. The design is symmetrical and suggested for typical weddings or Asian themed weddings.

The bouquet is very unique because the design allows the eye to see each flower positioned in a very unique way. The floral designer will usually have to use an upright bouquet holder and wire each flower to manipulate the bloom.

Hand-Tied Bouquets: This bouquet is by far the most popular choice for wedding flowers right now. It has also created the trend of “do-it-yourself” wedding flowers. This design is created by using the natural stems of the flowers (what you will hold onto when carrying the bouquet). It is then tied at the binding point (where all the flowers meet). The downfall to this bouquet is that it does not have a water source (such as a bouquet holder). Therefore, you have to have vases of water where ever you and our bouquet travel.

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5) Professional floral designers recommend that 8% of your total wedding budget be set aside for your wedding flowers ($400 for every $5,000. Eg, a $10,000 wedding would plan for $800 of wedding flowers. Please note that this only covers the flowers in your wedding party, and does not take into account the additional costs of decorating, floral centerpieces, etc.)

Obviously then, the smaller your wedding party is, the farther your budget will stretch.

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6) You could try your hand at creating your own wedding flowers. I've just finished reading a low cost publication that promises to show you exactly how to do this. Click here to read my review! What a great idea! What better way to save a bundle and put those extra dollars towards an extra-long honeymoon!

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